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Kovalchuk is a Healthy Scratch?
via Tom Gulitti tweet, Devils say Ilya Kovalchuk is a healthy scratch.

Sean Leahy (Sean_Leahy) on Twitter
Sean_Leahy Sean Leahy Devils are just trying keep Kovy as fresh as possible for the remaining 15 years. It's a marathon, not a sprint ya know?

Interview with Jonathan Bernier of the LA Kings | Hockey Independent
QUESTION: Let’s test your Kings knowledge – can you name five players that wore the purple and gold jerseys?

JB: Rogie Vachon. (we laughed about him having to go goalie first). Dave Taylor. That’s about it. I guess I’m not a real hockey fan - I just play the game. (a lot more laughter)

Vey and Harrison lead Medicine Hat Tigers to 9-2 victory over Raiders@ - USATODAY.com
[Kings prospect] Linden Vey and Ryan Harrison both scored twice and added an assist as the Medicine Hat Tigers beat up on the Prince Albert Raiders 9-2 in Western Hockey League play Friday night. Emerson Etem had a pair of goals for Medicine Hat (6-3-0), while Thomas Carr and Cole Grbavac both tallied and added two assists. Captain Wacey Hamilton scored and added an assist as well.

Pats in a shutout win
[Kings prospect] Jordan Weal did the dirty work, driving to the middle and slipping a pass in front to Thomas Frazee, who dropped it off to Carter Ashton beside the net for an easy goal.

St. Cloud State tops Gophers hockey 5-2 " Breaking News & Updates
St. Cloud State sophomore goalie Mike Lee was on his game and the Minnesota Golden Gophers followed a familiar script Friday, as the Huskies beat Minnesota 5-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Lee made 40 saves and five different St. Cloud State players scored goals. "We needed this effort tonight," Lee said. "Our defense makes my job easy." Lee had 27 saves in the first two periods as the Huskies (2-2-1, 1-0-0) built a 5-0 lead. Jared Festler and Tony Mosey had power-play goals and Garrett Roe scored short-handed. Brian Volpei and [Kings prospect] Nic Dowd also scored their first goals.

Coach Terry Murray pinpoints to Kings' power-play problems - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times
Defenseman Willie Mitchell, who played only 48 games last season after suffering a severe concussion, was in a difficult spot Wednesday when Doughty suffered his head injury in a collision with Carolina's Erik Cole. Doughty is Mitchell's defense partner, but Cole is his former college teammate at Clarkson. Mitchell said he didn't think the incident warranted a penalty; none was called and the NHL didn't impose supplementary discipline.

"It's tough for me to comment because that's my best friend who hit him on the other side," Mitchell said. "I talked to him after the game. It was an accident. He was turning one way and Drew was turning the other way and they both ran into each other. You feel bad about it, that's for sure."

Mitchell also said he had talked to Doughty and would gladly advise him through his recovery. "Being a veteran player and having a few injuries, hopefully I'm a springboard for him as far as bouncing a few feelings or opinions on stuff," he said.

As far as I know, that's the first anyone in the Kings organization has used the word concussion.

Also, Jake Muzzin has been assigned to Manchester. I choose to believe this means nothing. He's waiver-exempt and can be recalled any time.

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